7 inspirational quotes about parenting

Can there be any activity in life more important than parenting? Personally, I don’t think so.

Yet it is often undervalued in the modern age, or so it seems. Children are the future, so surely they should be our priority?

It seems to me that far too many people regard parenting almost as an inconvenience, to be fitted in around careers, lifestyle and a burning desire for personal fulfillment.

It’s increasingly common now to see very young children accompanying adults on crowded commuter trains far too early in the morning, as parents rush to deposit them at a nursery or with a child-minder before the working day begins.

These little people will be the next generation. They’re the people who will carry the baton forward to build a better tomorrow. So how they’re brought up really does matter in my opinion, particularly in those all-important pre-school years, which are critical to their development.

Is it really such a good idea to leave them with someone who couldn’t possibly have their best interests at heart in the way that parents should? You can decide for yourself dear reader but I must say I doubt it.

It’s my opinion that children, once we have them, should be our priority.

Their best interests should always take precedence over everything else, surely? Easier said than done I know and inevitably there has to be some balance and compromise of course.

However there’s no more important job than being a parent and there’s no greater satisfaction than seeing that little bundle of joy turn into a decent, civilized and well-adjusted adult.

I have had many fine experiences in my life but being a parent has been the best of them all.

It hasn’t been easy of course and certainly I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way. However the rewards have been well worth any sacrifices.

And let us not forget that our children are the real legacy we give to the world. They are the gift that will keep on giving.

Here are seven inspirational quotes about parenting to help you reflect on its importance.

Quotes about parenting:

  1. When you hold your baby in your arms the first time and you think of all the things you can say and do to influence him, it’s a tremendous responsibility. What you do with him can influence not only him but everyone he meets and not for a day or a month or a year but for time and eternity. ~Rose Kennedy
  2. To be a good father and mother requires that the parents defer many of their own needs and desires in favour of the needs of their children. As a consequence of this sacrifice, conscientious parents develop a nobility of character and learn to put into practice the selfless truths taught by the Savior himself. ~James E. Faust
  3. Every word, facial expression, gesture, or action on the part of a parent gives the child some message about self-worth. It is sad that so many parents don’t realize what messages they are sending. ~Virginia Satir
  4. There are times as a parent when you realize that your job is not to be the parent you always imagined you’d be, the parent you always wished you had. Your job is to be the parent your child needs, given the particulars of his or her own life and nature. ~Ayelet Waldman
  5. At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents. ~Jane D. Hull
  6. Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. ~Robert Fulghum
  7. It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. ~Frederick Douglass

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